The Best of the Sandia: Watermelon 1991-1992

The Best of the Sandia: Watermelon 1991-1992

by Tish Hinojosa


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The Best of the Sandia: Watermelon 1991-1992

While Tish Hinojosa only recorded briefly for the Watermelon label at the beginning of her career, Taos to Tennessee, Aquella Noche, and Memorabilia Navidena represented a distinct body of work from a new singer/songwriter. While Hinojosa grew up in Texas, she kept close ties to her Mexican heritage, often choosing to sing in Spanish. This bilingual, bicultural approach also lent her songwriting a unique subject matter. Add to this her lovely, warm voice and pleasant country-folk arrangements, and there's much to admire on her early albums. The cuts from Taos to Tennessee represent five of the best pieces from Hinojosa's delightful debut. These songs, including the title track and "Prairie Moon," are as poignant and tuneful as anything she has written. There's also her achingly beautiful vocal on Irving Berlin's "Always," which evokes Patsy Cline. Recorded live and in Spanish, Aquella Noche offers melodious songs surrounded by rich acoustic guitars and Latin percussion. The effervescent "Samba San Pedro" reminds one of a bossa nova classic, while the quieter "Anos, Meses y Dias" is delivered with the simplicity of a traditional Spanish folk song. Only three songs represent Memorabilia Navidena, an album of holiday music. Four previously unreleased songs also enrich the disc, including a duet, "By the Rio Grande," with Kris Kristofferson. While this album succeeds as a representative collection, one wouldn't want to miss out on her other albums, especially the delightful Taos for Tennessee. The Best of Sandia serves as a good introduction to the early work of Tish Hinojosa.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/16/2001
Label: Texas Music Group
UPC: 0049891450624
catalogNumber: 4506
Rank: 141627

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tish Hinojosa   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Toy Piano,Vocal Harmony
Kris Kristofferson   Vocals,Track Performer
Albert Lee   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Paul Glasse   Mandolin
Carmen Acciaioli   Fiddle,Pedal Steel Guitar
Craig Barker   Bass
Stephen Bruton   Electric Guitar
Keith Carper   Bass,Electric Bass,Background Vocals,Upright Bass
Marvin Denton Dykhuis   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Steel Guitar,Background Vocals,Gut String Guitar
Arturo Garza   Percussion,Bongos,Conga
Michael Hearne   Bass,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Booker T. Jones   Hammond Organ
Danny Levin   Fiddle
Paul Pearcy   Percussion
Wes Starr   Drums
Leroy Featherson   Drums
Hugo Pedroza   quatro
Long John Oliva   Conga

Technical Credits

Heinz Geissler   Art Direction
Booker T. Jones   Producer
Walter Morgan   Engineer
Rik Pekkonen   Engineer
John T. Davis   Liner Notes
Dick Reeves   Art Direction

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